Human Subjects Protection

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Federally funded research is subject to regulations that protect participating individuals.

These vital safeguards arose over time after a history of abuses such as the thalidomide crisis and the Tuskegee syphilis experiment.

JBA has evaluated the functioning of institutional review boards, or IRBs, which are tasked with ensuring compliance with ethical standards in research. Our work has identified important opportunities for increased oversight, training, and other refinements.